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Ziggurat - The e-Newsletter of the UEA Alumni Association July 2017 View in browser
Welcome to the alumni association!

July is our favourite month on campus thanks to the fun of graduation week. Armed with smiles and around 4,000 mugs, it is our opportunity to welcome new alumni, and to be a part of the celebrations that, for the graduands and their friends and family, symbolise the achievements of their time here.

If you have one of our graduation mugs, we would love to see where it, and you, are now! Send us your photos, or post them on social media using #ueamugshot.

Featured Stories
Adrian Wootton

Birthday Honours for University alumni and staff

Seven UEA alumni, two honorary graduates and an honorary professor have been recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list.

Miss Valerie Moore (EDU96) CEO of the Rightforsuccess Academy Trust, has received an OBE for her services to education, and Mr Adrian Wootton (pictured above, EAS84) Chief Executive of Film London, received an OBE for his contribution to film.

Mr Richard Twemlow (CHE66) received a MBE in recognition of his work with the Scouting community in Wirral. Kate Hubbard (EAS98) First Secretary, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, received an MBE for her contribution to international security, and Prof Claire Domoney, Head of Metabolic Biology at the John Innes Centre and Honorary Professor in the School of Biological Sciences, has received an MBE for her work in crop science and specifically for improvement of the pea crop in the UK. 

Dr Melanie Bruce (MED03) is a clinical psychologist and has been awarded a BEM for her work with children and families in Norfolk, and Mrs Margaret Mason (CCE00) is a heritage consultant and received a BEM in recognition of her support of the Friends of Thetford Forest and her heritage work in Suffolk.

Honorary graduate Delia Smith CBE has been made a Companion of Honour, while fellow honorary graduate and author Ronald Blythe received an OBE for services to literature.

TEF results

UEA awarded silver in Government’s new TEF ranking

The University has been awarded a silver ranking in the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF), the Government’s new method of assessing the quality of teaching delivered by higher education providers.

The voluntary rankings rate institutions gold, silver or bronze and are designed to give students better information to help them decide what and where to study. They will also sharpen focus on the importance of teaching in higher education by recognising excellence and assessing how well prepared students are for employment or further study.

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Graduation ceremony

Graduation week

This year's graduation ceremonies will take place on campus from Monday 17 to Friday 21 July. 

You can watch the ceremonies live online, and take a stroll down memory lane with some of our archive photo albums. You can also follow the week’s festivities on social media using #UEAgrad17.

Watch the ceremonies  
Gig history archive

UEA Gig History

It’s festival season so this month UEA Gig History has staged a 'Festival Takeover'.

The project began by marking the anniversary of the cancellation of the Sex Pistols gig in 1976. But the amazing list of bands who have played at UEA begins in 1963, so this month showcases memories from some of our first alumni in the Folk Club, complemented by a playlist of UEA gigs 1963-1975

Red Guitars’ bass guitarist, Lou Duffy-Howard, headlines the Main Stage and fondly recalls playing UEA three times, while the Festival Photo Booth offers snaps of musically-related-outdoor-events from 1973 to 2015. Marvel at the Psychedelic Arena of groovy gig posters, behold the *pop-up* Comedy Corner and wander into the darkness of this month’s Memory Tent where Outline Magazine’s Lizz Page describes a haunting gig by Savages in 2016.

If you need a sit down after all this excitement, chill out for a while in the Gig Zone, take a look at Outline Magazine reviewers’ “Pick of the Gigs” and listen to the playlist inspired by their choices. Have a great summer and don’t forget to send in your memories, photos and tickets for the growing #UEAgigs archive.

News in Brief
Satellite data to map endangered monkey populations on Earth

A team of scientists led by the Universities of Leicester and East Anglia are leading research to protect wildlife by using satellite data to identify monkey populations that have declined through hunting.

UEA’s Akenfield Now project wins National Lottery support

The University has been awarded £76,300 from the Heritage Lottery Fund for a project to continue the oral history of a Suffolk community that began almost 50 years ago.

The Enterprise Centre wins national RIBA Award

The Enterprise Centre at UEA added to its trophy cabinet last month with a national Royal Institute of British Architects award.

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LiveWire archives

Looking back at Livewire

Founded in 1989, student radio station Livewire has been a cornerstone of UEA life ever since. Now the student society is looking to bring all of that history together for everyone to access. If you were involved in Livewire during your time at UEA, perhaps you could help.

With plans involving the building of an online historical resource, alumni reunions and workshops with the current team, Livewire are seeking members from across the last 27 years to get in touch with their memorabilia, stories, information and media.

At this stage of the project, gathering contacts is key, so please do send them a
(re) introductory message to You can join the Facebook group, and follow @LivewireArchive on Twitter for updates and to see what they've uncovered. Be sure to say hello and let the team know you're happy to get involved; they'll let you know exactly how you can help.



In September, the School of Environmental Sciences will be marking its 50th anniversary with two flagship events.

On Friday 15 September there will be a panel discussion held in The Enterprise Centre on campus. Titled ‘The road from Paris to Norwich: linking circular economy and climate action’ the panel for this open, public discussion will be chaired by Rt Hon Lord Deben (John Gummer) and include Prof Sir Bob Watson (Tyndall Centre UEA), Laura McGillivray (CEO, Norwich City Council), and Andy Brown (Head of Sustainability, Anglian Water).

The second event is a special field day trip to the North Norfolk coast on Saturday 16 September, open to ENV graduates. The trip will give an overview of modern coastal landforms, particularly gravel barrier systems, in the context of modern active processes.

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What advice could you give to graduating UEA students?

What is the one piece of advice about life after university that would you give to this year's graduating UEA students?

We want to be able to share your advice and inspiring ideas with students during the fun of graduation week, so please share your words of wisdom on our Facebook page, tweet us @UEAZiggurat, or just email us at


Year Abroad scholarship winners celebrated

Last month, students from across the University were recognised at the Year Abroad scholarships reception, hosted by Vice-Chancellor Professor David Richardson.

The recipients were presented with scholarships rewarding academic or creative brilliance, as they ready themselves to embark on their year abroad at one of UEA's prestigious partner universities.

The event brought together donors, alumni, past recipients, academics, staff, and this year’s winners. It was a great way to send the students off in style, and to celebrate the generosity of the alumni and friends of the University. Photos from the evening are here on the Alumni Association Facebook page.

Andy Jordan

UEA Environmental scientists help shape the post-Brexit landscape

Impartial research carried out by a team of UEA researchers into the environmental impact of EU membership has been given the 'Insight of the Year' award at the 2017 ENDS Environmental Impact Awards.

Their wide-ranging study directly informed last year’s referendum debate and now, with Brexit negotiations under way, is helping to shape the UK’s environmental future outside the EU.

“We’ve spent more than 20 years studying how the EU has affected the quality of life in the UK and are delighted to have won this award alongside colleagues from the University of York and Queens University Belfast,” said Prof Andy Jordan, from the School of Environmental Sciences. “Despite more than 40 years of EU membership, there were very few people, even within Whitehall and Parliament, who fully appreciated the impact of the EU on environmental policy when the EU referendum was called in 2016.”

Chevening dinner

Future global leaders celebrate their time at UEA

Twenty-nine students from 22 countries, ranging from Bhutan to the Solomon Islands have marked the end of their year as Chevening Scholars at UEA, and are returning home to take their places as future influencers and decision-makers in their communities.

The scholarships are funded by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and students are selected by the British Embassies and High Commissions in their home country to participate in the scheme, which is aimed at developing future global leaders.

Former UEA Chevening students include award-winning Kenyan writer Kenneth Binyavanga Wainaina, who graduated with an MPhil in Creative Writing in 2010 and in April 2014 was named by Time magazine’s annual TIME 100 as one of the ‘Most Influential People in the World’.

This year’s graduates are no less ambitious. Ryan Hoppie from Guyana, South America, has completed a Master’s in International Social Development. As the founder of the Come Alive Network, a not-for-profit organisation with the vision of unleashing young people’s potential, being a Chevening Scholar at UEA has equipped him to make an even greater impact.

Hong Kong Alumni Awards

Education UK Alumni Awards 2018

Do you know an international UEA graduate who has gone on to great success?

The Education UK Alumni Awards honour the outstanding achievements made by professionals, entrepreneurs and community leaders who can demonstrate how their UK education has had an impact on their subsequent success. So if this sounds like you, or someone you know, why not submit an application?

The awards are open to alumni living outside the UK and who studied to degree level at an institution in the UK within the last 15 years.

READ MORE about eligibility and enter  
Engagement awards

UEA engagement awards

Every year the University recognises staff and students from across the Norwich Research Park for excellence in engaging the public with research. A bumper number of nominations were received this year and resulted in fifteen winners.

The wide range of projects and activity showcase the reach and variety of ways in which UEA researchers, teaching staff and students can engage with public groups with a range research from plant virology, face-perception, to water conservation, police communication, and Brexit. 

A reception took place at UEA on Tuesday 13 June where all winners gave short presentations about their work before being given their certificates by Fiona Lettice, Pro Vice-Chancellor for Research and Innovation. The staff at the East Anglian Film Archive (pictured above) were given a Group Achievement Award for the huge range of projects undertaken with the public, including highly successful 40th anniversary celebrations with a three week screening series held at The Forum, Norwich attracting over 14,000 visitors, and guest curators who included Stephen Fry and writer Hayley Long. 

Read about all of this year’s winners  
DEV short course

International Development short course announced

'International Development UEA' has pioneered research, training and consultancy in international development for nearly 50 years. It works with a range of clients including national and international development agencies, governments and NGOs.

In September the School will be running the Ecosystem Services in Sustainable Development short course, designed for practitioners working in government institutions, NGOs, international agencies and the private sector with an interest in identifying, appraising and managing the synergies and trade offs among multiple users and uses of natural resources and natural capital.

Erasmus 30 years

Happy birthday Erasmus!

UEA will be celebrating 30 years of Erasmus and European mobility in October.

As part of the festivities, the Study Abroad team want to hear from you. Did you venture overseas to Europe while you were studying at UEA? Were you a pioneer of the Erasmus programme’s early days at UEA?

If you would be interested to share your Erasmus experiences, how it may have assisted you to landing your dream job, or inspired you to relocate to another country, the team would love to hear from you.

Contributions can be simply a quote or a short video message, or you may want to submit a blog post, or even a longer testimonial. Please get in touch with the Study Abroad team by emailing to take part in this milestone project.

What's On

Rana Begum: Space Light Colour

Until Sunday 1 October
Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts

Rana Begum is one of the most exciting artists working in Britain today. She has completed commissions in Dubai, Cambridge, and King’s Cross in London. Her use of space, colour and form transforms the mezzanine gallery of the Sainsbury Centre with wall-mounted reliefs and an immersive installation, taking advantage of the light and space of Norman Foster’s architecture. This is her first museum show anywhere in the world.

Noirwich crime writing festival

Thursday 14 - Sunday 17 September
Venues around Norwich

The Noirwich crime writing festival is an annual celebration bringing together superstar crime authors, exciting new talent and fans of all things crime fiction.

Coming to the festival in 2017 are Val McDermid, Anthony Horowitz, Martina Cole, Mark Billingham, Arne Dahl and Stuart MacBride, with more names to be announced soon.

Season passes are now available, which will get you into all author events across the four days of the festival.


In the past month the University has sadly been informed of the death of the following alumni and former staff:

Antony Garratt (EUR92)

Daniel Limon (EUR68)
An obituary written by Prof Clive Scott, Emeritus Professor (LDC) can be found here.

Piers Thompson (ENV83)

David Turner (MED03)

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